Urgent ‘Danger’ Warning for Millions of Facebook Users – Beware of These ‘Red Flags’

CYBER scammers target people looking for a second-hand bargain online.

The cost of living crisis has prompted many to turn to Facebook Marketplace and eBay for cheaper ‘new’ clothes, furniture and electronics.

Facebook Marketplace can be accessed through its smartphone app


Facebook Marketplace can be accessed through its smartphone app

But cybersecurity experts at VPNOverview have urged online bargain hunters to watch out for scammers lurking on second-hand shopping sites.

Scams on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Vinted and Depop are on the rise, experts say.

Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs that marketplace users are interacting with a “shady” seller or buyer.

Sellers asking you to send money via PayPal “Family and Friends” transfer are a sure fire that your payment is not protected by Ebay or Depop guarantees.

While scammers can use the site’s extra fees as an excuse to bypass the app, online marketplaces have rules to protect people’s funds in case users buy something and it never arrives.

These rules include direct purchase through the website.

“You’re unlikely to ever receive your item, and worse, PayPal doesn’t support buyers who have purchased an item using this form of transfer,” experts warn.

Suspicious buyers can also ask sellers to pay by bank transfer or check — but don’t be fooled.

The money can be returned to you after you receive the item.

A buyer who offers more than you asked for is also a cause for concern.

“It’s often a way to catch you off guard and draw you into a planned scam,” experts added.

And sometimes a deal is too good to be true.

Underpriced but high-quality items are “mostly counterfeit,” say experts.

“You’re going to waste your money if you think you’re getting the right thing,” they said.

High value and designer items usually have some form of proof of authenticity, be it a card or tag inside a garment, which an honest seller should be happy to share a picture of.

The cyber specialists also warned that someone is trying to take the conversation off the site.

The marketplace will be able to track and record all in-app discussions – which may be needed as evidence if a user is being scammed.

Finally, sellers must always ship their item to the buyer’s registered in-app address and refuse requests to ship the item to a different address.

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“A third party is currently involved in a common Depop scam,” experts said.

“They send the item to a friend of the scammer, then he opens an ‘item not received’ dispute, usually wins and keeps both the item and his money.”

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